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Updated: 07/16/2013 06:12:33PM

Facebook the right place to fight crime?

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A look at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page raises some interesting, and in some ways troubling, issues about how public agencies use social media in carrying out their duties.

In the comments section of many posts, statements range from accusations of specific crimes to calls for authorities to hang individuals for non-capital crimes. In the still-evolving world on Internet law, we are concerned not only with the potential liability to which the sheriff’s office is exposed to the effect of such virtual lynchings on our system of justice.

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